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The Peter A. Allard School of Law, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic (ICLC) exists for two purposes: first, to provide free legal services to the Indigenous community in British Columbia, and second, to provide legal education to law students in the Allard School of Law. By enrolling in the ICLC program, students interested in advocacy, social justice and Indigenous peoples can gain practical experience and make a meaningful contribution to a historically underserved and marginalized community. Working at the ICLC gives students practical hands-on experience managing client files and making court appearances.
- Compile legal research on files at the ICLC by researching appropriate case law and legislation, as well as searching and compiling through relevant legal research manuals and databases.
- Explain the function of the ICLC to people who contact the clinic by telephone or walk in.
- Prepare legal factums, legal opinion letters, and research memoranda based on legal research for review of the supervising lawyers.
- Compile and review client intake forms with supervising lawyers in order to assist in determining whether the ICLC can offer assistance, should open a client file, and the scope of work that will be involved.
- Prepare, and file and serve where necessary, legal documents including, but not limited to Affidavits, Applications, Civil Pleadings, Letters of Administration, Notices of Motion, Powers of Attorney, Representation Agreements, and Requisitions.
- Prepare documents for courts including, but not limited to written submissions, trial books, books of authorities, and books of evidence.
- Interview potential clients by phone or in person. Triage Indigenous peoples into the legal support services offered within the program.
- Research and organize information, assist in the provision of letters for clients containing instructions on obtaining adjournments from the court.
- Review Reports to Crown Counsel and disclosures from police officers for cases as needed.
- Ability to exercise a high level of professionalism.
- Ability to exercise sensitivity to aboriginal people’s issues.
- Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, handling multiple, simultaneous tasks, prioritizing and meeting deadlines effectively.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with minimal supervision.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to use own initiative and make independent decisions.
- Ability to communicate and relate to Indigenous people and their communities.
- A demonstrated awareness of the Indigenous community’s cultural diversity.
- Ability to exercise empathy and to assist disadvantaged clients, including those with mental disabilities, those with low income, or those whose first language is not English.
- Ability to work in a team environment and to take instructions.
- Ability to deal with distressed, demanding and/or hostile clients.
- Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to work effectively with a wide range of people including those with low incomes, physical/emotional disabilities, limited literacy, or otherwise disadvantaged.
- Ability to draft routine correspondence. Ability to organize workload, identify urgent work items, and set priorities.
- Ability to cope with a heavy workload.
Company: The University of British Columbia
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Vancouver, BC, USA
Application Deadline: N/A